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Mindfulness Based, Trauma Informed, Creative Arts Certifications

Certification programs are carefully designed to give you the necessary skills to help you succeed in facilitating therapeutic arts groups, develop a mindfulness based, trauma informed, creative arts practice, lead groups or just learn more about sacred arts and the history of spirituality in arts practices.

Mindful Expressive Arts embody visual art, music, performing arts, narrative art, dance and film. Therapeutic Art training programs here focus only on different forms of visual art making and facilitation that is process oriented.  These approaches are not art therapy.  It is a therapeutic creative and expressive arts practice that is process oriented not therapeutic goal driven or product driven for selling art.


Therapeutic art classes always include a trauma informed mindfulness approach to grounding and centering, freedom to explore with different modalities of creative expression, freedom to share whatever spiritual, religious or cultural influences that you want to share in your art, freedom to share whatever emotional or healing aspects you want to share in group closings.  Therapeutic art is a process based approach to intuitive art making.  We will study Meditative Art, Mindful Arts, Shamanic Art, Lectio Divina and Visio Divina, Neuro Art and Expressive Arts Facilitation processes.

Transformative Art certification at the institute focuses on cultural practices and artists that use art making as a spiritual practice.  We'll look at Kandinsky, The Transcendentalist Painting Group, the process and of Visio Divina and Lectio Divina and the influence of art throughout spiritual and sacred practices.  Within this program we explore Shamanic Art, Lectio Divina and Visio Divina.

Mindfulness Based, Trauma Informed Educator Certification (includes SEL) provides the basics of trauma informed care knowledge, how to make your classroom trauma sensitive in it's practices, you learn about trauma and the brain, the ACE test and how to deal with behaviors and whole class management from a trauma informed lens.  Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Based education provides the foundations of implementing SEL into your classroom for all content areas, how to manage your classroom lessons in a timely manner and integrate them with SEL concepts, and of course, mindfulness practices to teach self regulation, self awareness, self regulation and co-regulation, and as a life long tool students can use to manage stress.

For more information view the admissions requirements or to get on the wait list to be notified when the certifications are open click here or contact us.

Certificate Programs Are:

  • Required Course:  Mindful Foundations - (Required of All Programs)

  • Required Course: Trauma Informed Ways of Being Certification (Required for Therapeutic Art Certification)

  • Mindfulness Based, Trauma Informed (MBTI), Therapeutic Arts Practitioner -Level 1

  • Mindfulness Based, Trauma Informed, (MBTI) Therapeutic Art Facilitator  Level 2 


  • Transformative Art Certification 

  • Mindfulness Based Trauma Informed (includes SEL) Educator Certification (2020)

Only the Therapeutic  Art Practitioner and Facilitator programs require application.  We will begin accepting applications for these program in 2020.

Contact us here if you would like to be on the list for the program or have questions.

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